Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president

The outfit worn by a Colombian women's team has caused quite a stir

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A controversial kit worn by a Colombian women's cycling team has been labelled "unacceptable" by the head of the sport's governing body.

The flesh-coloured kit makes the wearer appear naked below the waist and was worn by the riders for the Bogota Humana team during the Tour of Tuscany. Images of six women wearing the otherwise red and yellow kit went viral on social media over the weekend.

The Colombian team — which is backed by the South American country's ministry of sport and is sponsored by the capital city of Bogota — were wearing the outfit to take part in the cycling competition in Italy.

Brian Cookson, the president of the International Cycling Union, had now joined the debate.

The intervention of Cookson makes it unlikely that the kit will be seen again.

Among leading riders criticising the outfits was the Welsh former Commonwealth, Olympic and world road race champion Nicole Cooke.